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The tournament is in full swing and the playoffs are here and it’s time to update and publish the latest FIFA World Cup 2022 rankings.

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There are a few favorites for the trophy in Qatar, but some of the giants struggled in the group stage and there have been some major upheavals that have impacted the chances of some of the mighty of the world to lift the famous trophy.

There is no true leader left to win the tournament. This is great news for neutrals.

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Also keep an eye out for a few underdogs as there are some real opportunities that open up depending on which side of the grid you are on.

We will update this ranking during the Qatar tournament as the final will take place on December 18, 2022.

Let us know what you think of the rating below.


World Cup 2022: schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Playoff start time: 10:00 am, 2:00 pm (both ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo, Universe, peacock
  • Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup Ranking – December 4, 2022

Teams Eliminated in the Group Stage

32. Qatar – Even
31. Wales – Even
30. Canada – down 2
29. Tunisia – first place
28. Costa Rica – first place


27. Belgium – down 17

26. Denmark – down 10

25. Saudi Arabia – down 6
24. Ghana – Even
23. Serbia – down 6


22. Cameroon – up to 4

21. Iran – down 3

20. Mexico – up to 5
19. Germany – down 10

eighteen. Uruguay – down 7
17. Ecuador – down 4


Teams that have advanced in the last 16

16. Poland – up to 5

fifteen. Australia – up to 12

fourteen. Senegal – up to 6

13. USA – up 2


12. South Korea – up to 10

11. Morocco – up to 12
ten. Switzerland – up 2

9. Japan – up to 5

eight. Croatia – Even

7. Spain – up 3


6. Netherlands – up 1
5. England – up 1
four. Portugal – Down1

3. Argentina – up 4

2. France – Even

1. Brazil – Even


Five-time world champions Brazil put on a five-star performance as they thrashed South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup on Monday.

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Brazil has a quarter-final clash ahead of Croatia, who survived 120 minutes and penalties to beat Japan earlier on Monday.

Goals were scored early, scored often and in style.

Vinicius Junior opened the scoring in seventh with a refined, calm finish over a sea of ​​bodies, while Neymar, who had returned from an ankle injury he suffered 11 days earlier, made it 2-0 from a penalty just six minutes later. That’s when the samba style came into being, when the game was actually in hand and there were 77 minutes of must-see TV entertainment left.

Richarlison, who had already scored a likely goal of the tournament in Brazil’s opener, may have outdone himself with sensational flair and skill (and a decent pass from some equally brilliant teammates), making it 3-0 just before the half-hour mark and reminding the rest of the world. that Brazil was not just a favorite before the World Cup.

Lucas Paqueta scored the #1.4 goal after another sensational, fluid counterattack by the yellow shirts racing forward. Vinicius lifted the last ball above the crowd and selected a West Ham midfielder who landed a perfect kick with the inside of his right foot.

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Paik Seung Ho scored a fantastic consolation goal with 15 minutes left in the second half, but it was South Korea’s ultimate joy as they failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since co-hosting the World Cup in 2002. when they reached the semi-finals.

Brazil vs. South Korea
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How to watch Brazil vs South Korea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:00 pm ET, Monday, December 5th.
Stadium: 974 Stadium, Doha
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

Well, first of all: Neymar. One of the best Brazilian heroes does not have a World Cup on his resume, and rightly or wrongly, this is an indicator of whether the player will be considered one of the best Brazilians ever to participate in this. When he is healthy, he is one of the top five strikers in the world. But how healthy is he? And how much can Richarlison, Vinicius Jr. and the company reduce the pressure on Neymar, who is often fouled?

South Korea will be hoping Son Heung-min’s slow-paced tournament picks up steam after the Tottenham star played quite late to win against Portugal to secure a place in the group stage. Check out 26-year-old Napoli centre-back Min Jae Kim, whose name is buzzing in the Premier League transfer rumor mill after a strong performance in Qatar.


Quick facts about Brazil

Current FIFA World Ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Championship appearances: 22
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from CONMEBOL (1st)
Coach: Tite
Key Players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker.

South Korea Quick Facts

Current FIFA World Ranking: 28
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 10
How they qualified: Automatically qualified from the AFC.
Coach: Paulo Bento
Key Players: Heung Min Song, Kim Yong Gwon, Hwang In Bum, Jung Woo Young.

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Croatia reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup after beating Japan in the tournament’s first shootout (1-1 AET, 3-1 PC) on Monday.

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Having reached the play-offs just once in their first five World Cup cycles as a nation, Croatia reached the quarter-finals for the second tournament in a row. Japan, meanwhile, is looking to 2026 to achieve its first-ever playoff victory.

In the first half, scoring chances were good as each team only converted three shots, but the quality of the chances was very high, as evidenced by the xG numbers (0.74 for Japan and 0.61 for Croatia, again, only three throw each). . All three of Japan’s shots came from seven yards from goal, as did two of Croatia’s three.

The breakthrough came, like many goals in this World Cup, in the last minutes before the end of the first half. Japan won a free kick from the right side and although Croatia defended the initial ball reasonably well, they failed to clear it and the ball fell to Maeda seven yards away.

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Perisic made it 1-1 with a sensational long-range header in the 55th minute. Dejan Lovren fired a cross from deep and Perisic got close to the penalty, leaving Tottenham’s utility company with so much to do. The ball bounced once, right in front of the goalkeeper, hitting him with both power and accuracy into the bottom corner.

Dominik Livaković started the shootout with two consecutive saves, first hitting Takumi Minamino and then Kaoru Mitoma. 2:0 in favor of Japan after two rounds. Marko Livaja called off Croatia’s third try from the post, but Livakovic followed it up with a save. 3 against Maya Yoshida. Mario Pasalic converted the result, making the score 3:1 in favor of Croatia after four rounds.

Second place in 2018, Croatia in the 8th round in 2022.

Japan vs Croatia
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